Gerbil Church: Odds 'n' Ends
Scott George Beattie AKA Agent 78 - Lead Vocals, Guitar
William Hellfire - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Notes on this compilation by William Hellfire
Moonshine Magnet (24 tk version) produced By Tom Adams and the class of 1993 Philly Institute of the Arts
The only recording Gerbil Church did which was NOT lo-fi.
We had this cool cat jazz drummer Bobbie Diamond who was 'mental', we only practiced with him once before the trip to Philly and he blew us away, brought a whole new dynamic to the band and the song. A sort of clear and elevated peak for Gerbil Church, a glimpse of light outside the dark basements and legion halls we were used too.
I remember the teacher forced us to use compression and Scottie's guitar was a little out of tune so he pushed some ‘chorus effect’ on us...
Very lucky to have found this lost gem and lucky my dying tape deck could squeak out the recording at all as the tape seems to be disintegrating. The first encode came out as if played under water. The second garbled in the center and this one...well this one is high and dry. Tape heads ignite and dig in now.
Moonshine Magnet is a Love song for a bicycle, written by the asphalt sailor who rode in grace on his aluminum horse.
Speak Slowly and Smile
Little heard Gerbil Church 4 tk recording. Engineered by William hellfire
All three recorded by frank on 4 tk. Live to tape ‘as is’ mix down. Dig.
Odds 'n' Ends
The band formed in summer 1992 with high school chums William Hellfire and Scott George Beattie aka AGENT 78.
Inspired by the heavy fuzz sounds of Monster Magnet; the raw lo-fi appeal of Estrus records and the pure train of thought writings of Jack Kerouac. With a whimsy for nostalgia, a pension for vintage suits from Salvation Army and a partiality towards rodents, The Gerbs began at full volume in a claustrophobic washroom, in an unfinished basement in Haskell, NJ. Just two guitars crunching through two vintage starter amps, with a radio shack microphone taped to a broomstick. The Gerbs dug the the paired down sound and wanting to keep it ‘pure’ decided they were rock’ n’ roll enough sans bassist and drummer. First show was at Severed Lips HQ that Halloween, recorded on a boom box and later released on cassette with unique cover art.
In 1993 they recorded on 4-track with Disco Missile front man/engineer Eddie Blade for the “coup de grace” cassette release. In 1994 released a compilation of Boom Box rehearsal and live performance tracks (two from William Patterson collage radio station). The Gerbs were staples on early Severed Lips Recordings free compilation tapes given away via Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll and at basement shows. The Gerbs played every Severed Lips legion hall and basement show until they split up in spring 1995. The Gerbs rarely played outside of the Severed Lips events only doing one club appearance at the hair metal venue ‘Escapades’ in Jersey City, NJ (where they were asked to leave the stage after 5 songs). They played an ‘away’ Severed Lips showcase at coffee house ‘Prufrocks in Scranton PA, a show at Princeton University and a basement show with Bernie’s Fixx and I.D.K @ abandoned apartment teen hangout FRANK’s BASEMENT in Cliffside park NJ.
Besides playing in Gerbil Church Scott and William ran the cassette label, created the ads, cut and pasted the artwork for zines and fliers and dubbed all the cassettes for distribution. William and Scott also played in Disco Missile and Severed Lips Noise Jam band Alien Pornography.
The final Gerbil Church recordings; a 24tk recording for a music production class at Philadelphia Institute of the Arts (with amazing drummer ‘Bobbie Diamond’ 1993), a Hellfire engineered 4 track jaunt from 1994 and outsider 4 tk recording of Black Beauty, Hotel Song and Scat also 1994 were finally rediscovered and compiled for the internet Via Odd’s N Ends Compilation 2010.
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